One of the most effective and advanced way to heal obesity at our days is bariatric surgery. Also, it is an excellent way for people who cannot lose significant weight through exercise and dieting.  After this surgery there is significant long-term weight loss. The average gastric banding patient loses from 500 grams to a kilogram (1-2 pounds) per week consistently, but heavier patients often lose faster in the beginning. This comes to roughly 22 to 45 kilograms (48 to 99 pounds) the first year for most band patients.

Gastric banding is the surgery performed on the stomach and it helps to reduce the patient's food intake. This surgical procedure requires a stationary treatment just for 1 day.

In this procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper  part, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach. The band is then inflated with the solution. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of solution.

As patients lose weight, their bands will need adjustments, or "fills," to ensure comfort and effectiveness. The gastric band is adjusted by introducing a saline solution into a small access port placed just under the skin. A specialized non-coring needle is used to avoid damage to the port membrane and prevent leakage.

Surgery takes about 40 -60 minutes. When patient eat after having this surgery, the small pouch fills up quickly. Patient feels full after eating just a small amount of food. The food in the small upper pouch will slowly empty into the main part of stomach.

After the surgery the band should be adjusted for few times during first 1 - 1.5 year period. The procedure tends to encourage better eating habits which, in turn, helps in producing long term weight stability.

At Bariatric surgery Department at Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Centre patients are attended by doctors endocrinologists, cardiologists, psycologists, nutrition specialists, etc. The complete scope of specialists helps to provide treatment to the patient, according to each patients needs and health problems.

Cost of surgery: 3400 Eur

Surgeon:  Brimas G., Prof.,Hab.MD 

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